The Wallingford Family

     

First Generation in America

WALLINGFORD, ENGLAND is located about forty-six miles south west of LONDON on the THAMES RIVER. It is not know exactly when the town took the name WALLINGFORD, but it is so recorded as early as the year 777 A..D.

The WALLINGFORD Family derived its surname from its place of residence.

NICHOLAS WALLINGFORD I was born in or near WALLINGFORD, ENGLAND in the year 1619. He migrated from the parish of NETHER WALLOP, HAMPSHIRE, ENGLAND and came to America in the ship "CONFIDENCE OF LONDON" in 1638. (Waters and Emmerton Genealogical Gleanings in England published in 1885)

 

On this voyage the "CONFIDENCE OF LONDON, JOHN JOBSON, Master" sailed from SOUTH HAMPTON on April 24, 1638  and landed at BOSTON. The log of the ship names NICHOLAS  WALLINGTON, poor boy: (ie) WALLINGFORD aged 19 as one of the passengers.

Sometime after his landing at BOSTON, NICHOLAS WALLINGFORD joined the colonists at NEWBURY, MASSACHUSETTS. He became Master Mariner and for many years followed the shipping trade. He was taken captive at sea and never returned. Presumably, NICHOLAS WALLINGFORD was either held captive until his death or was murdered by pirates. He was last at home in 1681 and his estate

 

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On this voyage the "CONFIDENCE OF LONDON, JOHN JOBSON, Master" sailed from SOUTH HAMPTON on April 24, 1638  and landed at BOSTON. The log of the ship names NICHOLAS     WALLINGTON, poor boy: (ie) WALLINGFORD aged 19 as one of the passengers.

Sometime after his landing at BOSTON, NICHOLAS WALLINGFORD joined the colonists at NEWBURY, MASSACHUSETTS. He became Master Mariner and for many years followed the shipping trade. He was taken captive at sea and never returned. Presumably, NICHOLAS WALLINGFORD was either held captive until his death or was murdered by pirates. He was last at home in 1681 and his estate was settled in 1684.

NICHOLAS WALLINGFORD was married on August 30, 1654 to SARAH TRAVERS (TRAVIS), daughter of HENRY and BRIDGE TRAVIS who came to America from Ireland.

NICHOLAS and SARAH became the parents of thirteen children as follows:

 

NAME BORN DIED MARRIED DATE
JOHN 09/06/1655      
NICHOLAS 01/02/1657      
JOHN (2) 04/07/1659      
  05/20/1661      
MARY 08/29/1663      
JAMES 10/06/1665      
HANNAH 11/27/1667      
WILLIAM 02/27/1670      
JOSEPH 04/20/1672      
ELIZABETH 06/23/1674      
ESTER 06/08/1676      
BENJAMIN 06/27/1678   ELIZABETH (BROWN?)  
ABIGAIL 06/24/1680      

 

Second generation in America

 

BENJAMIN WALLINGFORD, the twelfth child and the youngest son of NICHOLAS, the immigrant, like his father became a Master Mariner and for some time followed the shipping trade. Evidently, he grew tired of the sea for in 1708, he purchased a tract of land in PRINCE GEORGES County, MARYLAND. This tract consisting of two hundred fifty acres lay along the POTOMAC RIVER and it was known as WALLINGFORD's PURCHASE.

BENJAMIN was married to ELIZABETH __________?. [(It seems almost certain that this missing surname is Brown. An old will contains a bequest from JOHN BROWN to BENJAMIN WALLINGFORD)by Dr. ALVIN WALLINGFORD]

BENJAMIN WALLINGFORD died prior to 1741. His wife, ELIZABETH made a will in 1741, in this will, she names their children.

BENJAMIN and ELIZABETH WALLINGFORD children were as follows:

 

NAME BORN DIED MARRIED DATE
NICHOLAS        
BENJAMIN *B21 05/06/1706   Mary Clark  
JOHN JOSEPH        
ELIZABETH (DOSE)        
SARAH (BASHEARS)        
*B21 = Information provide by Wallingford Exchange

 

Third generation in America

 

BENJAMIN WALLINGFORD, *B22, born May 6, 1706, son of BENJAMIN and ELIZABETH (BROWN??)WALLINGFORD.  He was married to MARY CLARK in Prince George's County, Maryland.

BENJAMIN and MARY CLARK WALLINGFORD children were as follows:

NAME BORN DIED MARRIED DATE
JOHN        
MARK        
NICHOLAS        
BENJAMIN 1731 06/14/1814 PRUDENCE ELLIOTT  
MARY 03/26/1732      
JAMES   1824/25    
JOSEPH   1806    
*B22 = Information provide by Wallingford Exchange

 

Fourth generation in America

 

BENJAMIN WALLINGFORD, born in 1731, son of BENJAMIN and MARY CLARK WALLINGFORD. He was married to PRUDENCE ELLIOTT, she died July 24, 1824 He was also known as BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WALLINGFORD, died June 14, 1814. They migrated from MARYLAND to VIRGINIA and settle far up the POTOMAC RIVER. Later an immigrant party made up of WALLINGFORDS, WILLETTS, LAYTON, APPLEGATES and others traveled by ox cart to the OHIO RIVER where they built flat boats and floated down the river to the much talked of hunters and farmers paradise, "KENTUCKY".

They pulled their flat boats into the mouth of LIMESTONE CREEK. Soon a settlement called LIMESTONE, KENTUCKY began to grow around the month of this creek.

The town of LIMESTONE was established by the VIRGINIA Legislature in 1788. Later the name was changed to MAYSVILLE in honor of JOHN MAY, a pioneer who played a leading part in development of the settlement. The date of the coming of the BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WALLINGFORD family to LIMESTONE is thought to be 1784 or 1785. The name of BENJAMIN WALLINGFORD appears on a petition signed by one hundred persons and sent to the VIRGINIA Legislature in 1786.

The pioneers DANIEL BOONE and SIMON KENTON were living in the LIMESTONE area at the time of the coming of the WALLINGFORD's. Soon the BOONE's, the KENTON's, and the WALLINGFORD's became good friends. Several of DANIEL BOONE's cousins intermarried with the WALLINGFORD Family.

A letter written by Dr. ALVIN WALLINGFORD to HENRY BECKETT, the author of the majority of this sketch, in 1922 states that his grandfather, NICHOLAS WALLINGFORD, son of BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WALLINGFORD, and SIMON KENTON were close friends. He said, "KENTON visited my grandfather often and would sometimes make protracted stays."

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN and PRUDENCE ELLIOTT WALLINGFORD were the parents of the following:

 

NAME BORN DIED MARRIED DATE
MARTHA E.     CHARLES WILLETT  
NICHOLAS 12/14/1759 10/05/1829 1st ALICE HAYES 1779
      2nd MARY GINN 10/18/1810
RICHARD     ELIZABETH McMULLEN  
JOSEPH     ELIZABETH WILLETT  
      MARY WHALEY  
PHOEBE     1st JAMES MURPHY  
      2nd DAVID BLUE  
PRUDENCE W.     JACOB APPLEGATE  
REBECCA     JAMES MURROW  
SALLY     ZACHARIAH RODGER WILLIAMS  

Fifth generation in America

NICHOLAS WALLINGFORD's second child and oldest son of BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WALLINFORD, was born December 14, 1759 and died September 5, 1829. He was a courageous leader among the pioneers who worked their way southward from the OHIO RIVER. He and other relatives took up a large tract of land about twelve miles south of MAYSVILLE along the boundary between what is now MASON and FLEMING counties. They built large substantial homes for themselves. Many of the homes that they built more than one hundred years ago are still in a fine state of preservation and are very attractive. The settlement which they made was name MT. GILEAD. They transformed the wilderness into fine farms and farmed quite extensively.

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NICHOLAS and ALICE HAYES WALLINGFORD were married in about the year 1779 and they had the following children:

NAME BORN DIED MARRIED DATE
JOHN 1780 07/01/1833 PRUDENCE WILLET  
MARY     DANIEL BOONE(Cousin of pioneer)  
PRUDENCE   01/04/1853 SAMUEL BECKETT  
ELIZABETH        
JOSEPH        
JAMES 07/17/1793 04/01/1883 SARAH  
SARAH (SALLIE) 11/18/1795 04/01/1873    
WILLIAM 04/18/1798 11/20/1866 1st DOROTHY ASHBURY  
      2nd FRANCES THOMAS  
  03/04/1803 10/22/1858 MARTHA  
On April 11, 1810 ALICE HAYES died and on September 18, 1810, NICHOLAS WALLINGFORD and MARY POLLY GINN were married. They had the following children:

 

NAME BORN DIED MARRIED DATE
HIRAM 06/22/1811 09/09/1888 HANNA DeBELL  
ANGELINA     ALBERT WARDER  
THOMAS     DeBELL  
MARTHA     CLARK  
SHOPHRONIA     BRAGG  
NICHOLAS is buried in the old cemetery at MT. GILEAD. His grave stone suggest that he was an active Christian worker. The inscription on his grave stone reads as follows:

His race was swift, His rest is sweet;

His views divine; His bliss complete.

His song subline, His transports swell;

His state eternal, God his all.

 

MARY GINN WALLINGFORD is buried beside NICHOLAS, but HENRY BECKETT, the writer of the majority of this sketch, did not located the burial place of ALICE HAYNES WALLINFORD.

 

Sixth generation in America

 

WILLIAM WALLINGFORD, fourth son of NICHOLAS AND ALICE HAYES WALLINGFORD, was born May 18, 1798 and died on November 20, 1866. During the early part of his married life, he farmed in MASON County, KENTUCKY. While WILLIAM was yet a fairly young man, he acquired a plantation of considerable extent in FLEMING County, KENTUCKY. Here he farmed extensively during the remainder of his life. He used slave labor in his farm operations; but he was, as the majority of the slave owners in the Border States were, a good master. Slaves who grew old in his service and were not able to do hard work were set free and provided for.

At the age of sixteen, WILLIAM WALLINGFORD was married to DOROTHY ASBURY in the year 1815. WILLIAM and DOROTHY WALLINGFORD became the parents of the following children:
NAME BORN DIED MARRIED DATE
GREENBERRY 03/02/1816      
MARY (POLLY) 04/29/1818 11/05/1899 NELSON COOPER 08/31/1843
DARVIS 03/09/1820 01/23/1880 ELIZA SINGER  

 

DOROTHY ASBURY WALLINGFORD died in the year 1820, soon after the birth of DARVIS. On December 3, 1820, WILLIAM WALLINGFORD married FRANCES THOMAS. FRANCES THOMAS was born September 3, 1800 and died April 30, 1867.
WILLIAM and FRANCES THOMAS WALLINGFORD are buried in a family cemetery on their plantation about two miles north of MT. CARMEL, KENTUCKY. HENRY BECKETT, the majority writer of this sketch, did not locate the burial place of DOROTHY ASBURY WALLINGFORD. {This cemetery is now on the property of Steven W. Humphries, R#3, Box 152, Flemingsburg, Ky 41041, (606)-845-7021. His father-in-law, Charles N. Gardner, R#3, Box 146, Flemingsburg, Ky 41041, (606)-849-3334, presently lives on the property. Re- DonCarlosV - May/1994}

WILLIAM and FRANCES THOMAS WALLINGFORD became the parents of the following children:

NAME BORN DIED MARRIED DATE
ELIZABETH 02/18/1821   WILLIAM W.CHANDLER  
MARK 12/02/1822 01/21/1899 ELIZABETH FARROW  
JAMES T. 02/11/1825 07/10/1880 EVELINE TRUITT  
JOHN G. 02/11/1825 DIED YOUNG    
WILLIAM F. 02/08/1827 11/20/1883 JUDITH TRUITT  
BENJAMIN F. 05/25/1831   1st PARTHENIA ROBERTSOM  
      2nd ELIZABETH GLASCOCK  

Seventh generation in America

MARY (POLLY) WALLINGFORD, daughter of WILLIAM and DOROTHY ASBURY WALLINGFORD was born May 28, 1818 and died November 5, 1899. On August 31, 1843, she was married to NELSON COOPER who was born March 2, 1811 and who died October 22, 1870. MARY and NELSON COOPER acquired a beautiful farm near RECTORVILLE, KENTUCKY. Here they carried on general farming and stock raising. He, like his grandfather, DUVAL COOPER and his father, ISSAC COOPER and his father-in-law, WILLIAM WALLINGFORD, used slave labor in his farm operations. He was said to be a good master. His slaves loved MARSE NELSON.

MARY and NELSON COOPER became parents of the following children:

 

NAME BORN DIED MARRIED DATE
JAMES W. 01/07/1846 11/18/1860    
ISSAC N. 11/11/1847 05/18/1874    
ANNA ELIZABETH 12/13/1849 05/28/1929 JAMES DUVALL BECKETT 12/03/1874
ROBERT L. 12/17/1851 06/26/1932 ELIZABETH COOPER  
MARY F. 07/17/1854 09/02/1890 LEANDER HULL  
AMANDA 06/23/1856   ABNER HORD  
ALICE 12/08/1859 05/23/1880 NELSON GLASCOCK  
JONH N. 04/07/1862 09/27/1897 ADDIE GLASCOCK  
MARY WALLINGFORD COOPER and NELSON COOPER are buried in the COOPER cemetery about two miles southwest of RECTORVILLE, KENTUCKY, just a short distance south of MT. OLIVER Cemetery.

 

Eighth generation in America

 

ANNA ELIZABETH COOPER, daughter of MARY WALLINGFORD COOPER and NELSON COOPER, was born in MASON County, KENTUCKY on December 13, 1849 and died May 28, 1929. On December 3, 1874, she married JAMES DUVALL BECKETT.   

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